This has been fun - writing about calves! Wade and I have been very lucky - we haven't had too many wild calving moments. Below is one of his stories. It was his most difficult calving experience to date.
He was riding his horse and checking the heifers. There was one - a small frame red heifer that was due to calve any day. They were paying extra attention to her cause they were expecting trouble. She was getting close – her bag had dropped and she was springing.
He found her in a wooded draw. There she was laying down having a bit of a time. Wade could see legs and the nose. He thought he could pull it there in the field but as he tried, there was no headway made. So he called his dad to give the heads up that he would be driving the heifer up to the corrals. Slowly he got her up and marched her back to the corrals. Making sure the nose didn’t slip back in; if it did the calf would have suffocated. Luckily it didn’t and he was able to make it to the corrals without any trouble.
At the corrals he threw a rope around her neck and tied her to a steel post. Wade’s dad was coming home and stopped at the corrals. That’s when they realized the pulling chains were not in the truck; but they did have some bailing twine. Using the twine they made a loop and put it around the two front feet and began to pull. With a little bit of elbow grease they were able to pull the calf.
Checking the "newbie" out
It was huge bull calf, there would have been no way for that little red heifer to birth him alone. It was lucky Wade had come upon her. As soon as the boys let the heifer off the rope she went to mothering up and licking the calf clean. Wade and his dad stayed until the calf sucked and was up and going. Just another day in the life of a cowboy I guess – making do with the supplies on hand.